Updated: Aug 29, 2021
When it comes to kitchen worktop, you need to consider the style and budget. The worktop you choose will have a huge impact on both functionality and look of your kitchen. The most common kitchen worktop materials are granite, quartz, Corian, concrete, stainless steel, laminate and solid wood.
Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar and plagioclase. It is also a porous natural stone material.
Long lasting Material
Porous surface produce a stain
Cost: between £170 and £450 per square foot
It can mimic the natural stone like marble with the subtle veining and dazzling sheen.
Quartz is an engineered stone, made of 90% of natural quartz, and 10% of resin, polymers, sand, pigments as well as crushed mirror particles. It's the ideal material for high-use areas and the most durable material on the market.
Elegant and sleek appearance
Substitute of natural stones
Susceptible to heat damage
Can fade and become discoloured
Cost: between £50 and £100 per square foot on average with installation charges included. The average medium size kitchen quartz worktop costs between £2,700 and £5,400.
Corian is a man-made product made from resin and filler. Acrylic resin is applied to the top of a substrate material to create a seamless worktops that can be moulded into many contemporary designs.
Easily damaged by heat
Susceptible to scratching
Cost: average £42.44 per square foot without installation charge. The average medium size kitchen Corian worktop costs £3,500.
Concrete worktop creates an industrial look that works well in both ultra modern and farmhouse country kitchens.
Sleek and minimalistic look
Prone to cracking
Susceptible to scratches
Susceptible to staining
Cost: £299 per metre
Stainless steel worktop is a great option for contemporary kitchen design.
Easy to clean
Mold or milder resistance
Distinctive feel and look
Susceptible to scratching
Prone to denting
A cold look
Cost: from £270 per metre
Laminate worktop is formed by the laminate sheet that is attached to a chipboard (particle board) substrate. The laminate sheet is a synthetic plastic material that looks like wood and natural stone.
Chemicals and stains resistance
Easy to fit
Substitute of wood and natural stones
Cost: £20-£50 per square metre
Solid wood worktop brings a sense of warmth and texture to your kitchen.
High maintenance like regular sealing
Easily scratched and dented
Cost: £50-£150 per square metre
Whether you're renovating your kitchen or buying a new kitchen, finding a worktop to perfectly suit your needs is vital. By weighing the pros and cons of above worktop materials and checking their prices, you will feel confident to choose the right material for your kitchen worktop.